- In 2017, toys were involved in 251,700 injuries and 13 child deaths
- By the time a toy is recalled, it might have already caused injuries
- Gift buyers must be wary of choking hazards on toys for infants as well as sharp plastics on toys for kids of all ages
Take care when buying gifts for young loved ones, friends, and family members this Holiday season because some toys can pose significant, hidden risks to children. Despite the best efforts of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), manufacturers continue to release dangerous and even deadly products that put children at risk.
According to the CPSC, toys last year were directly related to 251,700 injuries and the deaths of 13 children under 12 years old.
Many of the top Holiday gifts this year indeed hide “more than meets the eye” when it comes to choking hazards, dangerous plastic weapons, and other risks. The fact that these products are intended for children only makes their availability for sale even more harrowing.
Parents can defensively arm themselves against unsafe and defective products using online education. Thoroughly research any products intended for children, especially young children under the age of 4 who might inadvertently choke on small parts. Remember that product recalls usually happen after-the-fact once children have already been injured, so hazardous toys that display warning signs may not always be removed from shelves before they cause real harm.
If your child is injured by a toy or other product this Holiday season, you can work with Pensacola personal injury lawyers to seek fair compensation and damages for your medical expenses as well as your pain and suffering.
Remember your consumer rights this Holiday season, and remember to be wary of dangerous toys like the 5 ones below to avoid injuring children and infants.
Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites
Manufacturer/Distributor: CJ Product, Inc.
Recommended Age Range: “0+”
Example Retailers: Target, Express.Google.com
This product’s misleading marketing and any age labeling make it a risk to young children who use it unattended. While the packaging says “product is not intended for use in crib,” the advertising implies that children can use its night light projection feature unattended.
Risks come from the fact that the product has a heart tag and a small flower accessory which can be ripped off and pose choking hazards for children under 4. The packaging also warns of possible “battery acid leakage” that “can cause personal injury,” so buyer beware!
Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
Recommended Age Range: “AGE 5+”
Example Retailers: Amazon.com, Walmart, Target, Kohls, HasbroToyShop.com
Toy weapons are never a great idea for kids. Even though this product’s packaging says, “CAUTION: Do not hit or swing at people or animals. Use away from breakable objects,” the implication is that these claws are designed for pretending you’re fighting just like the hero Black Panther. Hard, plastic claws and the potential for swings right at someone’s eye or face make this not a smart buy for kids, especially younger ones near 5.
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
Manufacturer/Distributor: Bandai America Incorporated
Recommended Age Range: “4+”
Example Retailers: Ebay.com, Amazon.com, Target, Walmart.com, Bonanza.com, Express.Google.com
This hard plastic sword is not only far too tempting for children as young as 4 to swing at people, it also includes a spring-loaded feature that can launch the blade tip towards someone’s eyes, face, or teeth.
Zoo Jamz Xylophone
Manufacturer/Distributor: Vtech Electronics North America, L.L.C.
Recommended Age Range: “1½– 4 Years”
Example Retailers: Amazon.com, Walmart, Target.com, Vtechkids.com, Buybuybaby.com, Bedbathandbeyond.com, Zulily.com
This package indicates the product is safe for 18-month-olds and presents no warnings, yet the long, thin drumstick that comes with it could easily become lodged in a young child’s throat. Use only when supervised, or avoid buying altogether.
Manufacturer/Distributor: Kid O Toys
Recommended Age Range: “2+”
Example Retailers: Ebay.com, Walmart.com, Magic Beans, Buyforbabies.com, Giftuniversal.com, Mbeans.com, Liltulips.com, niniandlolli.com
The plastic “knife” that comes with this product is fairly dull, but it is still rigid. Children can potentially cause blunt force trauma, punctures, or eye injuries when the product is used carelessly, especially without adult supervision.
Advice for Safe Shopping This Holiday Season
Parents and generous gift-givers can’t always rely on obvious signs like recalls or visible warnings to guide them away from products that are unsafe. Instead, they must use their own reasoning to spot common red flags and avoid unsafe products out of habit.
Here are a few tips to help you start making smarter decisions when it comes to avoiding buying risky toys during your Holiday shopping:
- Read all product warnings thoroughly
- Don’t take recommended age ranges at face value, especially for products designated for children under 8
- Be wary of any and all possible choking hazards, which usually come from accessories or toy components that can be pulled off easily by infants
- Keep an eye out for sharp or pointy components that can cause injuries
- Steer away from plastic weapons, which may encourage children to strike people, pets, and objects just by nature of their design
- Always be cautious with toys that are propelled in some way, such as spring-loaded devices, air-launched devices, and toys that fire projectiles
- Never let a child play with a potentially hazardous toy unsupervised
Use Your Right to Pursue a Defective Products Claim With the Help of Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyers
Negligent toy manufacturers can be liable for the injuries and other damages their products cause even if they try to cover their bases with warnings and age recommendations.
Parents must be aware that their child’s injury could mean they have a potential claim against product manufacturers, distributors, and even in some cases retailers. Your claim could compensate you for medical costs as well as related expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages to egregiously neglectful companies.
You can work with a team of experienced Pensacola personal injury lawyers to pursue your products liability claim to the fullest extent of the law.
Contact Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today if you have a child injury case you feel may be related to corporate neglect or a defective product. You can receive a free, no-obligation consultation to potentially start your claim or lawsuit as soon as possible.